Thursday, December 30, 2010

Another family photo shoot

Just before leaving California we were able to get one last shoot in with our FAVORITE photographers and good friends, Hayley & Travis Collins. They do amazing work & we are definitely going to miss their talented picture taking skills. Hayley took our pictures down by the beach, because we figured it would be awhile before we would be living so close to the beach again. There were so many good pictures that I loved them all (along with my new blog pic)!! But here are a few of my favorites....

Monday, December 27, 2010

My 25th Birthday!!!!

(Forgive me for being two months behind! lol) On October 28th we celebrated my 25th Birthday!!!! Since Brian had to work until the afternoon, the girls and I went to one of my favorite on Del Mar street in downtown San Clemente. We had fun walking around and shopping in the little boutiques. Then, after Brian got off work we enjoyed a nice family dinner at Selma's, which is one of our favorite pizza places in San Clemente (its Chicago style pizza-go figure!) Oh how I will miss Del Mar :(

My family has always made a big deal out of birthdays. So, when we got to Chicago we went out to a local Mexican restaurant and celebrated my Birthday with my family. They put me in a sombrero and everyone sang to me! lol

Friday, December 17, 2010

The joy of moving

Moving is quite the process and I have been dying to get back to my normal organized ways (lol). I have been so BUSY between unpacking, Christmas shopping, & preparing for Brooklyn's 1st Birthday party that I haven't had any time to keep up with blogging so forgive me for my excessive posting in order to catch up on the last couple of months. Brooklyn is growing like a weed!! She is walking and talking now!! It is crazy how fast time flies. I have a lot of pictures and videos to post from the past two months, but in the mean time I just had to post this picture....
We were literally living out of suitcases! lol

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So long California

After 6 long months of waiting and trusting in the Lord, we found out....WE WERE MOVING TO CHICAGO!!!! On October 4th, we found out that Brian was chosen for the MECEP program of the Marine Corps. It is such an accomplishment for Brian to be one of the marines chosen out of hundreds of applicants who applied for the program this year. Now that he was selected, we will be moving to Chicago for about 3 and a half years while Brian attends college before moving again to his next training school and duty station where he will then be an officer. He was also accepted to Loyola University and will be majoring in Theology. We are so proud of Brian!! We are so excited to embark on this incredible journey that lies ahead.

Olivia & I baked Brian a cake to celebrate his achievement:)
For the past 5 and a half years, I have lived in California and it has been amazing!! It's where Brian and I lived together for the first time, had both of our children, and made many memories together as a family. I am so excited to move back to the Midwest and be close to our family and friends there. But, it is going to be sad to leave the life we have built in California. We are going to miss all of our friends....we love you guys~keep in touch!!

Friday, November 5, 2010


In the middle of October we went to Seaworld along with two of our friends, Matt & Courtney:) Seaworld supports the military by giving active duty military and their families a one day free admission per year. It was our annual trip to the park and we had a blast!! It was really cute to see how much Olivia enjoyed it at this age compared to last year.

Olivia is so brave!! She couldn't wait to pet the Bat Rays!!

Brookie enjoyed her first time @ Seaworld & especially liked the dolphin show.
Since our last trip, they added a whole Sesame Street themed section for the kids with rides, which Olivia loved.

Playing a game with Daddy that was impossible to win! lol

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Biggest Loser Continued

Brian's Biggest Loser episode aired last night so I can finally post the Biggest Loser photos!! We had to sign Privacy waivers stating that we would not reveal any of the outcomes from the show or the contestants that had made it to the week that Brian filmed on the show. Now that his episode has officially aired here are some photos from on the set of the Biggest Loser @ Camp Pendleton....

I got to meet the stars of the show....
Allison Sweeney, Bob Harper, and Jillian Michaels before the filming of the weigh-in.

Brian and I with the director.

Here I am with Aaron & Mark (two of the contestants).
The Marine Instructors holding up another contestant, Lisa.

And I really enjoyed getting to know the crew! They put in so much work behind the scenes. Here is a picture of Liza and Erin who are in charge of wardrobe for the cast.

The day they left to go back to the ranch we got to hang out with the cast back at SOI where Brian works.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Wedde's Baby Shower

On September 26th, my friends and I threw a baby shower for our good friends Rebecca & Bill. They are such wonderful people and we couldn't be happier to do something sweet for them! The shower's theme was "Once Upon a Time" and since Rebecca loved Golden books as a child, we decided to use them as well. We had a lot of fun putting together all of the decorations and the shower turned out great. Rebecca & Bill have waited a long time to become parents; all the while trusting in God and His glory. There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to be great parents:-)

The clubhouse in our neighborhood made the perfect party location.
We made this banner out of Golden book story pages.

And we had actual Golden books set out all of the room,
which we bought to add to baby Wedde's library:)

We also made these bookmarks from the story book pages &
on the back side we printed prayers for baby Wedde.

Nikki made this adorable 3 dimensional cake!!

For favors, we sent everyone home with some "Sweet Dreams" tea.

Rebecca, Bill, & baby Wedde:)

We had so much fun throwing your shower!!
I hope that it was everything you had wished for!!